Arsene Wenger believes Aaron Ramsey returned from EURO 2016 mentally stronger and predicts the midfielder will have a big impact on Arsenal’s season now he’s back from injury.
The Welshman earned plaudits for his performances in France and was even included in UEFA’s team of the tournament after Chris Coleman’s underdogs embarked on an impressive run to the semi-finals.
A sensational summer has been followed by a frustrating start to the campaign with Ramsey picking up a hamstring injury on the opening weekend of the season. Now back fit and with game time under his belt during the wins over Sunderland and Ludogorets, Wenger believes his player will go from strength to strength in the coming weeks.
“I’m certain that mentally he feels stronger [after Euro 2016],” Wenger told Arsenal Player.
“Tuesday was his first start since August 13, that’s 11 weeks, so it will take him some time to come back to his best. Mentally he certainly feels stronger and he’ll have a big impact once he’s fully back.”
Ramsey had been due back a few weeks ago but was eased back into full training slowly with other midfielders doing well in his absence.
“I’ve never met a football player who is patient – they all think when they come back that they are 100 per cent there,” added Wenger.
“After, with retrospective analysis, they know. [Impatience] is normal, that’s what you want them to be. He’s ready to play, he’s ready to fight. Of course it’s not magic, it’s a slow process to come back to your best as well.
“Aaron has his specific qualities – going into the box, playing forward, having the drive to push the team forward. He has interesting qualities and has a big engine as well. That’s vital in modern sport.”
Santi Cazorla aside, Wenger has a full complement of midfielders to choose from ahead of Sunday’s North London derby with Sp*rs.